Immigration to Canada is an exciting prospect, but French nationals have been at the forefront of this movement in recent years.
Immigration to Canada from France has grown significantly in recent years, particularly since 2008. While the five year period prior to 2008 saw 25,026 French nationals becoming permanent residents in Canada, an impressive 34,619 French citizens gained Canadian permanent residence between 2008 and 2012, constituting a thirty-eight (38) percent increase in immigration from France.
Similarly, the number of temporary skilled workers from France in Canada has been growing significantly in recent years. The number of French skilled workers in Canada almost doubled between the 2003-2007 period, with 42,212 French workers, and the 2008-2012 period, with 78,267 French workers.
The number of study permits issued to French citizens has also been steadily increasing in recent years, although not increasing at the same rate as temporary skilled workers. Study permit issuance for students from France has increased by fifty percent between 2003 and 2012.
Canada is known for being one of the most welcoming countries in the world towards immigrants. The country was built by immigrants, and the people of Canada do always remember it.
Why do French citizens immigrate to Canada?
Canada may be an attractive option for many French citizens for a number of reasons, most notably:
- Strong economy: Canada’s economic prowess serves to encourages immigration to Canada from around the world, and French citizens have been quick to take advantage of the opportunity to immigrate.
- Easy access to job opportunities: Many Canadian employers usually seek French citizens as employees.
- Better work-life balance: Workers in Canada enjoy shorter work hours compared to other developed countries.
- Canada is more accepting of immigrants: According to a recent global survey report, Canada is the world’s most accepting country for immigrants.
- When French citizens settle in Quebec, they benefit from the Quebec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications.
Express Entry System
French citizens or residents can choose from over One hundred immigration pathways, the most popular of which is Express Entry.
Express Entry is the system that Canada immigration ministry uses to manage permanent residence applications for three main economic class immigration streams:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Candidates are then evaluated based on multiple factors including their work experience, education, age and language abilities in French or English. They are then granted a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are periodically granted invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
In addition, many Canadian provinces use the Express Entry system to choose candidates who can potentially address labor shortages within the province.
Provinces are then able to invite candidates selected to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence, via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Nominated candidates receive an extra 600 CRS points, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residence in a future Express Entry draw.
Pathway to Canadian Citizenship
After migrating to Canada and becoming a permanent resident, you may then be qualified to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Permanent residents must show that they have lived in Canada for three years in the last five years.
About eighty-five (85) percent of permanent residents eventually become Canadian citizens.Share with friends